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REINFORCEMENT OF THE WBC RESEARCH CAPACITIES FOR FOOD QUALITY CHARACTERIZATION

Objective

The trend of production and use of healthy food has focused the researchers’ attention on characterization of the phenolic profile of foods consumed in everyday diet. Fruits and fruit products are known to possess beneficial effects on health due to a wide variety of natural polyphenols and consequently a great antioxidant potential. Western Balkan Countries are predominantly agricultural with great potential for production of healthy food with authentic origin and specified health promoting composition. In order to ensure efficient and appropriate development of food production and food quality characterization in R. Macedonia and Serbia, according to EU standards and practice, a project for upgrading the research capacity in food quality control is proposed here. Along with the reinforcement of the research capacities for food characterization by obtaining suitable equipment (liquid chromatographs with appropriate detection systems), improvement of the human potential is foreseen by hiring young researchers and their training in the respective fields. With joint efforts of the researchers from R. Macedonia, Serbia and Bulgaria, on one side, and the renown EU research groups from Spain and France, on the other, methodology for characterization of antioxidant substances in fruits, juices and wines is going to be developed and applied. A regional network involved in research of various aspects of antioxidants in foods aimed towards providing the necessary knowledge, tools and methods for development of high quality, consumer-acceptable foods will be established. In that sense, the human and material resources from these institutions will be mobilised by obtaining modern equipment, exchange of know-how, training of research personnel in EU research centres, dissemination of the results and promotion of the new reinforced potential of the scientific community in the Western Balkan Countries for future high quality research incorporated in the European Research Area.

Coordinator

Ss. CYRIL AND METHODIUS UNIVERSITY IN SKOPJE

Address

Blvd Goce Delcev 9
1000 Skopje

North Macedonia

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 313 852

Administrative Contact

Marina Stefova (Prof.)

Participants (4)

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PRIRODNO MATEMATICKI FAKULTET

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 162 426

INSTITUTE OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY WITH CENTRE OF PHYTOCHEMISTRY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 20 812

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 61 455

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 61 455

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 204756

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2008

  • End date

    31 January 2011

Funded under:

FP7-REGPOT

  • Overall budget:

    € 712 929,60

  • EU contribution

    € 620 000

Coordinated by:

Ss. CYRIL AND METHODIUS UNIVERSITY IN SKOPJE

North Macedonia